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Microsoft’s Strategic Move: Mustafa Suleyman Named CEO of AI Division

Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google DeepMind and a leading figure in the field of artificial intelligence, has become the CEO of Microsoft AI.

Microsoft has hired one of the co-founders of DeepMind (Google’s AI business). Mustafa Suleyman is set to become the CEO of a new team called Microsoft AI, which will be responsible for Microsoft’s AI services such as Copilot, Bing and Edge.

Suleyman will also serve as executive vice president of Microsoft AI and join Microsoft’s senior leadership team, all of whom report directly to CEO Satya Nadella.

Mustafa Suleyman co-founded the AI company DeepMind in 2010, which Google acquired in 2014. DeepMind remains Google’s main team for artificial intelligence after several years; however, Suleyman has not been with DeepMind for years.

He was forced to leave DeepMind in 2019 due to controversy surrounding some of his projects. At the time, the Wall Street Journal said Google and DeepMind were investigating whether he had actually harassed company employees.

After leaving DeepMind, Suleyman joined Google directly and became vice president of the AI product management and AI policy team. In 2022, he left Google to co-found the new startup Inflection AI.

In addition to hiring Mustafa Suleyman, Microsoft also plans to hire some of the employees of Inflection AI, including Karen Simonyan, the other co-founder of Inflection AI. Simonyan is set to become a senior scientist on the Microsoft AI team.

In the meantime, Kevin Scott will continue to serve as Microsoft’s chief technology officer and executive vice president of AI.

Here are some additional details about Mustafa Suleyman’s career:

  • He was born in Canada in 1981.
  • He studied computer science at the University of Waterloo.
  • He worked as a software engineer at Google before co-founding DeepMind.
  • He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • He is a recipient of the ACM Prize in Computing.

Suleyman’s appointment as CEO of Microsoft AI is a significant development in the field of artificial intelligence. He is a highly respected figure in the AI community, and his experience and expertise will be valuable to Microsoft as it continues to invest in and develop AI technologies.

 

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